UCSB to Host Providence in NCAA Second Round

Dom Sarle (By Tony Mastres)
Dom Sarle (By Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team will host Providence (11-7-1) in the 2011 NCAA Division I Soccer Championship Second Round on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

Providence defeated Dartmouth, 1-0, in Thursday's First Round to advance to the match against the No. 15 seeded Gauchos. The Friars play in the Big East and entered the NCAA Tournament field with an at-large bid. A goal in the 11th minute of today's game by John Raley propelled Providence into the Second Round.

Sunday's meeting will be the first ever between UCSB and Providence.

Tickets for Sunday's match are now on sale. Call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, or click here to buy now.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, high school and college students.

Students that have purchased Loco Passes can pick up their tickets in the Ticket Office anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a Loco Pass member, click here or sign up at any of this week's home basketball games: men's basketball vs. Santa Clara (Tuesday), women's basketball vs. St. Mary's (Thursday), men's basketball vs. Westmont (Friday), and women's basketball vs. Loyola Marymount (Saturday). 

This marks the Gauchos' 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. UCSB is one of 16 programs in NCAA Division I history to appear in 10 consecutive tournaments and one of six programs – along with Connecticut (1998-2011), Indiana (1987-2011), Maryland (2001-11), UCLA (1983-2011) and Virginia (1981-2011) – that has an active streak of 10 or more straight 

The Gauchos posted a 14-6-1 overall record during the regular season and finished second in the regular season Big West standings and in the conference tournament. 

UCSB has entered the NCAA Tournament with a national seed four previous years: 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008. The Gauchos advanced to College Cup final in 2004 and won the title in 2006.

Sunday's game will be broadcast live on AM 1290 KZSB, the Santa Barbara News-Press Radio Station. To listen online, click here

To view the complete bracket for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, click here